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Child’s Play: A jab of love, fear & vaccines

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Over the last several weeks, a New South Wales’ daily newspaper has pursued a campaign to influence policy change relating to the compulsory immunisation of children attending day care and school facilities. It is known as the No Jab. No … Read More

The Legal Definition of a Civil Partnership

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Common questions about civil partnerships. What is a civil partnership? A civil partnership is a domestic relationship between two adults regardless of their sex. You cannot be married or related to the person with whom you share a civil partnership. … Read More

The "New" Family Lawyer: An Interesting Take on How the Role Has Changed

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We often perceive family lawyers as lawyers out to “fight to the death” for their clients, draining their client’s precious funds along the way and leading to ugly battles in Court. But as the Federal Government has focussed its attention … Read More

Tips for Mediation Sessions: How to Get the Most Out of Them

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Most separated parents who cannot agree about the care arrangements for their children are required to attend family dispute resolution, before seeking a resolution through the Courts. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your mediation … Read More

The Importance of Formalising a Property Settlement

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Scenario: You and your former partner have separated. You have agreed how you will split your assets. You don’t think it is worth getting lawyers involved to “legalise” your agreement. Here are three very good reasons why you should. Tweet

Setting the Terms of a Financial Agreement

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Couples who reach agreement about the financial matters between them can enter into a Financial Agreement to protect their assets. A Financial Agreement can be entered into at any stage of a relationship – either before getting married or moving … Read More

Making the Proper Parenting Arrangements for Babies and Toddlers After Separation

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Making appropriate parenting arrangements is the most important challenge faced by separating parents. The challenge is particularly difficult if the children concerned are babies or toddlers. What arrangements are developmentally appropriate for the “under 3s”? How should parenting arrangements be … Read More

Dividing Up Assets According to the Family Law Act

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There is sometimes confusion about how to divide assets when a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down. Here, we talk about how the Family Law Act deals with dividing assets of separated couples (also called a “property settlement”). Tweet

Mediation Between Separated Parents on Child's Schooling

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Separated parents will usually share in making long-term decisions for the benefit of their children. One long term decision relates to where a child will attend school. If parents cannot agree about their child’s schooling or one parent wants to … Read More

Former Spouse Relations and Parental Responsibility Regarding Schooling

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Separated parents will usually share in making long-term decisions for the benefit of their children, such as where they will go to school. Where parents cannot agree or one parent wants to change a child’s school without the other’s consent, … Read More

Superannuation Entitlements as Part of a Property Settlement

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Under the Family Law Act, superannuation entitlements of separated spouses can be divided as part of a property settlement—this is called ‘superannuation splitting’. The Court can also divide the entitlements of eligible de facto couples. Tweet

Divorce Orders Reissued to Address Problems With Overseas Jurisdictions

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The Federal Magistrates Court recently announced changes to the document which is issued after a divorce is granted. The changes were needed to address difficulties encountered by parties using existing Divorce Certificates in overseas jurisdictions. The Court will now issue … Read More

Family Relationship Services Funding to Increase

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The Government has recently announced it will invest more than $100 million towards funding family relationship services including post separation dispute resolution processes. Below are some options available for parties when trying to reach agreement about their family law matter. … Read More

Reaching an Agreement Using Family Relationship Services

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The Government has recently announced it will invest more than $100 million towards funding family relationship services including post separation dispute resolution processes. Below are some options available for parties when trying to reach agreement about their family law matter. … Read More

New Legislation Puts De Facto Couples on Equal Footing

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Amendments have recently been made to the Family Law Act. The new reforms allow de facto couples to access federal family law Courts in relation to property and maintenance matters upon the breakdown of a de facto relationship. Dobinson Davey … Read More

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